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graze

1. To eat small amounts of food over a period of time, usually instead of full meals. I've been grazing all day, so I'm not very hungry right now.
2. To eat a variety of foods in small quantities at one time, instead of a full meal. I'm not too hungry, I think I'll just graze at the party.
3. To touch or scrape one without causing significant injury. Often said of gunshot wounds. You're so lucky the bullet only grazed your shoulder—a few inches lower, and you would have been in big trouble.

graze against (someone or something)

To lightly touch or brush against someone or something. The room was so crowded that I ended up grazing against a bunch of people on my way to the refreshment table. The feather grazed against my neck and made me shiver.
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graze on (something)

1. Of animals, to eat the greens or vegetables in a particular area or location. I put up a fence to try to keep the deer from grazing on my land.
2. Of animals, to eat something in particular. I put up a fence to try to keep the deer from grazing on the vegetables in my garden.
3. Of people, to eat small amounts of food over a period of time, usually instead of full meals. I've been grazing on snacks all day, so I'm not very hungry right now.
4. Of people, to eat a variety of foods in small quantities at one time, instead of a full meal. I'm not too hungry, I think I'll just graze on some snacks at the party.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

graze against someone or something

to brush or scrape against someone or something. The car grazed against the side of the truck. I grazed against an old man as I was jogging this morning.
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graze on something

 
1. [for animals] to browse or forage in a particular location. The cattle are grazing on the neighbor's land. I wish they wouldn't graze on other people's land.
2. [for animals] to browse or forage, eating something in particular. The deer are grazing on my carrots! The cows were grazing on the meadow grasses for weeks.
See also: graze, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

graze

and browse
in. to eat a bit of everything at parties. We will just graze on party snacks rather than eat a full meal. I think I’ll just browse here and skip going out to dinner.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The experiment on winter grazing of autumn-stockpiled herbage was conducted from August 2011 to January 2013 with herbage stockpiling beginning in August of each year and later grazed from early November until early January.
Prior to reintroduction of cattle grazing, we established permanent paired plots (one cattle grazed plot and one ungrazed exclosure; ITT 1996) in each of the 11 paddocks.
These grazed riparian areas are susceptible to trampling and elimination of vegetation through uprooting (Clary and Webster, 1989).
One-way ANOVA was used to evaluate the differences among soil salinity of the grazed and fenced floodplain wetlands by SPSS 16.0.
If a pasture is grazed continually through the season, without rest periods facilitated by rotation, cattle keep going back to the same short plants, seeking out phase one grasses.
Grazed grass will cost about 1/3 that of silage and about 1/6 that of concentrate, so make the most of it.
Grazed plots were on the adjacent Babacomari and Diamond C cattle ranches.
Working in the Central Valley grasslands of California, Hunter (1991) found that there were fewer Botta's Pocket Gophers in grazed areas.
These fragments were fenced by ranchers and grazed by cattle and provided some habitat for the Texas kangaroo rat.
Four 0.72-ha pastures of wheat (Triticum aestivum) and berseem clover (Trifolium alexandrium) were grazed in December and January.
In a rainfall simulator study, Beukes and Cowling (2003) found an increase in the steady-state infiltration rate and cumulative infiltration for grazed pastures, probably caused by the fragmentation of soil crusts compared to control sites, but this increase was absent for a second rain event.
The strip plot treatment was grazing frequency in which low frequency plots were grazed bimonthly (mid-May, mid-July, and mid-September) and the high frequency treatment was grazed monthly from mid-May to mid-September.
Utilisation of grazed grass in temperate animal systems; proceedings.
Study objectives were to determine stages of seed germination and document numbers of germinating seeds, protocorms, and seedlings in two grazed versus two ungrazed plots.